There's a joy and a guilty pleasure to this series that is hard to put your thumb on. For starters, the nostalgia factor is huge. The movies had an innocent charm to them that endures....and this series pays homage to that. I like that this series doesn't spoof or goof on the movies and the characters. Instead....it's respectful while also being fun and even touching.
You don't get many shows or movies these days that can do that. Too often, every show has to be hard-edged, over the top or otherwordly, in order to compete with everything else out there. This one...kept it simple, and knew that the charms of the characters and cannon would be enough.
You KNEW it would be nice to see Daniel again...and the respect he has for Mr. Miyagi and his teachings. One of the pleasant surprises has been Johnny. The way William Z. returns to the character and plays him as an adult is brilliant. For a simple guy, Johnny is played very nuanced.....conflicted....sometimes honorable and cool, sometimes a jerk, and often times...funny as hell! But never a cliche or cardboard cutout. This Johnny...has heart. A likeable badguy. It takes a good actor to create that.
The show just kinda sucks you in, and makes you feel good. It maybe even takes you back to a better time in your life. Ahhh, the 80's. Now....if we can just get Miami Vice back. :)
Very well put.
It's just that I was never even a fan of the original movies (and I don't think I saw any beyond the first one), so this took me by surprise.
I can't believe I am so invested now into what happens on this show!